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North Korea mocks Trump’s ‘ego-driven’ Twitter posts as military exercises continue

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The leadership in Pyongyang seems to be as intrigued and confounded by President Trump’s musings on Twitter as everyone else.
North Korea is protesting annual joint U. S.-South Korean military exercises this week with predictably hyperbolic flair. But amid the threats and insults (South Korea’s defense chief is President Trump’s “puppy”) came one indication that the leadership is as intrigued and confounded by Trump’s musings on Twitter as everyone else.
Hours after Trump declared that North Korea is “starting to respect us, ” North Korea’s state organ KCNA said Trump regularly posts “weird articles of his ego-driven thoughts in his Twitter” and “spouts rubbish to make his assistants have a hard time.”
The pronouncement Wednesday didn’t make much of a splash in Washington, but it echoes criticism of Trump from Democrats and Republicans alike. Trump has resisted all calls to give up his Twitter habit or allow his staff to filter posts that frequently levy insults and lay blame against those who Trump claims are thwarting him.
For allies and adversaries alike, Trump’s tweets are a view into his motivations and grievances like none they have ever had with a U. S. leader. Trump’s exaggerations and bluster on Twitter pale in comparison with official pronouncements from Pyongyang, but serve a similar purpose to propaganda from official North Korean media.

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